A walk on New Year’s Day

Looking back towards Las Negras

Looking back towards Las Negras

A good way to work off the excesses of the festive season is a long walk on New Year’s Day. So we set out this morning at 10.00 to walk from Las Negras to El Valle de Rodalquilar over the path through the hills that separate us.

Old olives and ruin

Old olives and ruin

Looking back there are good views down to Las Negras and the coast and at the top of the ridge are these two ancient olive trees by a ruin.

Inland towards the gold mountains

Inland towards the gold mountains

Walking along the path there are good views looking inland over an old cemetery to the gold mining mountains above Rodalquilar.

The path descends

The path descends

The path through the hills descends …

El Valle de Rodalquilar

El Valle de Rodalquilar

… down to El Valle de Rodalquilar.

The Sphynx

The Sphynx

Eventually it meets the main track to El Playazo beach. This impressive, sphynx like boulder stands at the junction.

El Playazo

El Playazo

Down at El Playazo the levante breeze churned up white horses on the Mediterranean overlooked by the fortress, Bateria de San Ramon.

Battery de San Ramon

Battery de San Ramon

We continued our walk along the path behind the fort.

Cliffs along the coast

Cliffs along the coast

From this path, that takes us back to Las Negras, there are some wonderful coastal views.

Cala del Cuervo

Cala del Cuervo

The path descends to Cala del Cuervo. The cove next to Las Negras. In the photo above you can see the beach of Las Negras in the distance on the left and San Pedro in the centre.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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